Buy used, definitely.You can get a pro-level kit used in this price range. That would be the smarter move.
I'm looking for an all around kit that I'd be comfortable taking to gigs and ideally having them sound great both live and in studio recordings.sage32:
Are you going to haul these drums to and from gigs?
Are they for home use only?
What kind of music will you play on them?
Will you use them for studio recordings?
I assume you mean $1500 for drum shells only. No snare drum, no hardware, no cymbals.
What do you really like about your saturns? And which configuration do you have?Mapex saturns all day.
I have saturns, a sleishman omega, a sonor s-class and a tama birch/bubinga and the saturns are my best kit.
My Gretsch Catalina Maples I bought new this year are some of the better drums I have ever heard. $1000 even and leaves you room to buy hardware. I put Evans black chrome heads all around this set and it sounds great. Buying used is great if the owner took care of them but buying online you never know. Here is a little clip, Im no pro just a guy who likes to play but i think the drums sound good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h3e_V40sVcIn your opinion what are the best drums in this price range considering shell quality, craftsmanship, customization options or lack thereof, and affordability?
Also do you think at this price range a used kit would be better than buying new?
At the very least I'm looking for a 4 piece kit with a snare, or a 3 piece kit and i'll buy the snare separately. I've seen plenty of used higher end snares priced very well on ebay.How many drums are you looking to buy? If you want a Tama Bell Brass snare, you don't have enough money for that. If you want a Guru snare, you are right on the edge of having enough money. If you want a 9 piece kit, you are looking at some of the bottom lines within the various manufacturer's brands. If you are only looking for a 3 piece kit without a snare, you have more options for higher end drums.
You need to provide people with more information than "what are the best drums for $1500" if you want a answer.
Your kit configuration sounds great! I'm looking for a basic 1 up 1 down ringo 4 piece, but ideally a 1 up 2 down in rock sizes. 24 kick is most ideal, but 22 would do. 12 or 13 on the rack and either 14-16 or 16-18 on the floors.Also heavily depends on what configuration you want. I'm very particular about my shell sizes so last few kits I bought had to be special ordered. I've never seen my kit configuration on display at a drum shop (24,13,15,18).
But if you're cool with more standard sizes, like kits typically kept in inventory, then you have a ton of options. Also, you'll find a ton of such kits on the used market.
What kits have caught your eye so far? Post them here and you'll get lots of feedback.
One to add to the list is a used C&C Player date. George Way also makes a similar series that is the F'ing BOMB, but they're at the edge of your budget range. This is probably the direction I'm heading next year.So far I've been looking at:
Mapex Meridian Maple (4 piece kits as low as $600 brand new)
PDP Concept Maple
Tama Superstar Classic and Starclassic B/B
Gretsch Catalina Maple and Renown
Pork Pie Hip Pig and Lil Squealer
Ludwig Epic Pro and USA Keystone
And plenty more used kits
I have an older Saturn 3, sizes are 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, 22, 14sn. I started with a fusion pack and bought add ons.What do you really like about your saturns? And which configuration do you have?
The saturns have definitely caught my eye and I've heard very good things about them. Do the saturns have any strong competitors from other brands in this price range?